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SubjectRe: [PATCH/RFC] New module refcounting for net_proto_family
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In message <5.1.0.14.2.20030218101309.048d4288@mail1.qualcomm.com> you write:
> At 07:46 PM 2/17/2003, David S. Miller wrote:
>
> >After talking to Alexey, I don't like this patch.
> >
> >The new module subsystem was supposed to deal with things
> >like this cleanly, and this patch is merely a hack to cover
> >up for it's shortcomings.

I don't quite understand.

There are some issue with this patch, however.

Firstly, the owner field should probably be in struct proto_ops not
struct socket, where the function pointers are.

The sk thing looks reasonable at first glance. Getting a reference to
npf->owner, then holding it for the socket is a little confusing, but
an obvious optimization over a naive "get, use, drop, get".

In sys_accept:

> @@ -1196,9 +1198,13 @@
> if (!(newsock = sock_alloc()))
> goto out_put;
>
> - newsock->type = sock->type;
> - newsock->ops = sock->ops;
> + newsock->type = sock->type;
> + newsock->ops = sock->ops;
> + newsock->owner = sock->owner;
>
> + try_module_get(sock->owner);
> + newsock->owner = sock->owner;
> +
> err = sock->ops->accept(sock, newsock, sock->file->f_flags);
> if (err < 0)
> goto out_release;

You still need to check the result of try_module_get, and fail if it
fails. The *only* time this will fail is when someone is doing an
"rmmod --wait" on the module, which presumably means they really do
not want you to increase the reference count furthur.

Hope that helps,
Rusty.
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